Mick McCarthy brought his Ipswich reign to a premature end earlier this week, ending a press conference with a resignation announcement.
The former Ireland manager had already announced his plan to step down from his role at Portman Road at the end of the season, but cut ties with the club with four Championship games still remaining after Tuesday night’s 1-0 victory over Barnsley.
While it looked at the time as though McCarthy’s decision was mainly emotional one in the heat of the moment but, speaking to the Times since, he has since clarified this – confirming that he had always planned to step down after the Barnsley match:
“It wasn’t abrupt at all.
“It wasn’t abrupt with the players or the staff or the people I care about or who care about me. I’d planned to do it that way actually. I told the players and then I told the press. I didn’t want to be sat in front of people being grilled about my job, to be honest, so I did it on purpose.
“It was completely intentional. Nobody knew, I told the players after the game. I didn’t want them to be playing knowing it was my last game. I didn’t want to walk on the pitch with people knowing it was my last game. I was always going to tell people afterwards.”
McCarthy is likely to have no shortage of offers in the summer, mainly from other clubs in the Championship. He has already been linked with the vacant role at West Bromwich Albion, who will almost certainly be relegated in the coming weeks, as he seeks a new challenge after six seasons at Ipswich.